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Some Republicans are angry with a concert poster by iconic rock band Pearl Jam.

It’s an absurdist cartoon featuring an apocalyptic scene with an eagle picking at the skeleton of President Donald Trump, a UFO and Montana’s Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester flying a tractor over a burning White House.

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Historic church bells seized in the Philippine-American War and brought back to the Mountain West may soon head back home. But Wyoming's delegation is not happy with the possible move across the ocean.

The 2018 midterms could be the year of the woman and the possibly the independent as well - especially in Colorado.

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Republican state senator Leland Christensen of Alta is running for Wyoming Treasurer. He does not have a background in finance, but said the treasury staff is highly skilled, and that he would act more as a manager of people. Previous treasurers have also entered the position without a finance background.  

Even in traditionally Republican strongholds, Democrats are doing really well in primaries across the Mountain West.

But high voter turnout in primaries doesn’t necessarily indicate a blue wave will sweep across the Rocky Mountains this November.

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A Wyoming judge has denied a state request to force Republican candidate for Governor, Taylor Haynes, to stop his campaign and withdraw.   

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Fires continue to burn in many parts of the west and officials are bracing for a long, grueling and even deadlier fire season than they’re used to. Wyoming Senator John Barrasso chairs the Environment Committee where he oversees the nation’s forests.   

Charlie Hardy

Longtime political candidate Charlie Hardy is taking another run at public office. Hardy, who’s run as an independent and a Democrat is now running against Senator John Barrasso as a Republican. Hardy is someone who says he doesn’t believe in political parties, but he always considered himself an Eisenhower Republican and that’s why he says he’s suited for this race. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck. 

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The primary election takes place August 21 and candidates are hitting the home stretch of campaigning. If you’re a Republican, you are probably aware of the election due to the countless mailers you’ve been getting. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has been following the campaign for governor and joins Caroline Ballard for an overview of the primary race.

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Wyoming’s lawmakers in Washington are looking for ways to decrease Russia’s influence in Europe, and they think they may be able to do it with good ole fashioned Wyoming natural resources.


Democrat Greg Hunter is a geologist who’s based in Laramie and he’s running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hunter has worked in the energy industry and as a consultant for the federal government on a range of environmental issues and he’s very concerned about Wyoming’s natural resources. He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck. 

The fate of an important but little-known conservation fund is still uncertain after a vote in the Senate Thursday. The 50-year-old Land, Water and Conservation Fund is a federal program that uses royalties from oil and gas leases to protect forest, water and wildlife areas. Typically, that means buying up land and then setting it aside for conservation.

 


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The Trump administration is proposing sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, but they’re actually late to the party - Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has been leading the GOP effort within Congress to revamp the decades-old legislation that was set up to protect animals on the brink of extinction back in 1973. It hasn’t been reauthorized since 1992 and Barrasso wants to overhaul it.

A Jackson Republican is running a campaign on putting Wyoming first as he tries to upset incumbent U.S. Senator John Barrasso. Dave Dodson had intended to run as an Independent, because of his concerns about the current state of Republican Party. But he decided to stick with his roots and run as a Republican. 

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Sheridan’s Bill Dahlin is a long time distance runner who’s competed in two Boston Marathons and who’s completed several ultra-marathons. He’s hoping to use that mental toughness he’s developed over the years and put it towards running the state as Wyoming’s next governor. The Republican tells Bob Beck that his goal is to diversify the state economy and one of his ideas surrounds hemp.

Separate bills are active in Congress to alternately strengthen or weaken the law used to create national monuments.

Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

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Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has been a leading player in his party’s years-long effort to repeal and replace so-called Obamacare, but the GOP has failed to deliver.

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Doctor Taylor Haynes is running for governor as a conservative and a constitutionalist. He’s a Cheyenne urologist, a rancher, and has served on a number of boards and commissions including several years as a University of Wyoming Trustee. Recently his residency in Wyoming has been challenged and those charges came after this interview was conducted, so it will not be part of this discussion. 

At Thursday’s Montana rally, President Donald Trump repeatedly called Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” Montana is home to eight tribal nations and more than 60,000 Native Americans.  

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Rod Miller has worked as a cowboy and on the staffs of Governor Ed Herschler and Mike Sullivan, was a small businessman, and became a ranch manager. Now, he wants to become a member of Congress and is challenging Representative Liz Cheney in the Republican primary. Miller is a colorful candidate but is very serious about this election. He joins Bob Beck where they begin talking about what to do about immigration.

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This month babies being ripped away from their parents dominated the immigration debate in Washington, but Wyoming lawmakers are hoping the conversation can turn to the state’s need for guest workers.

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—

including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.


 


The Executive Committee of the Teton County Republican Party says it’s formally supporting a Jackson ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

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Aftab Khan and his family have lived in the Gillette area for over a hundred years, and a few years back the family opened a mosque there. Bret Colvin started a Facebook page called Stop Islam In Gillette and, after the mosque opened, he knocked on the door during services while a large number of people rallied behind him, some of them armed. The event was covered extensively in the local and the international news. Quickly, the online rhetoric between them grew ugly. 

But until now, they’ve never met in person.

A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known for his opposition to shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon is looking for a promotion. Gordon is among those who are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has been voting on a slew of opioid-related bills–and they’re not done. The plan is to take up more than 30. Some deal with ensuring old pills are easily and safely disposed of, while others try to ensure the government has the best data on the crisis. Still, others seek to prevent drugs from flowing in through the nation’s many points of entry–whether the southern or northern borders or via a plane or ships.

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Cheyenne businessman Sam Galeotos is running as a Republican candidate for governor. He says he’s running because he’s worried about Wyoming’s future. Galeotos is a Wyoming native who sits on the board for Green House Data in Cheyenne.

Earlier in life, he left Cheyenne and had success in the online travel industry. He tells Bob Beck that he’s very interested in growing new businesses in Wyoming. 

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Cheyenne Attorney, Campbell County native and former State Representative Mary Throne says she is running for governor to hopefully change Wyoming’s thinking when it comes to the economy.

She says Wyoming can continue to have a thriving energy economy and not be a boom and bust state. Throne tells Bob Beck that lawmakers have made the boom and bust a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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